What’s On

Workshops: Hand Painting Delft Tiles | 22 June 10:00

Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the Netherlands, with many of the classic tile designs dating from...

Talk: The Armourer’s Dilemma: Armour and Firearms in the British Civil Wars | 22 June 19:00

By the Civil Wars of the mid-17th century gunpowder weaponry had come to radically affect the nature of warfare. Increasing numbers of infantry and cavalry were equipped with firearms and...

Newbury I – 375th Anniversary of the First Battle of Newbury | 23 June 10:00

Experience the thrill of cavalry in action, musket and artillery fire, and the clash of pikes at a re-enactment of the First Battle of Newbury with the English Civil War Society. Infantry,...

Memories of Burghfield | 25 June 15:00

Do you remember Burghfield in days gone by? Are you interested in local history? Then join us at Burghfield Common Library, 3-5pm Monday 25th June to share your memories of...

Blaze’s Buddies | 05 July 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Workshop: Willow for the Garden | 06 July 10:00

In this workshop we will be making a simple garden cloche or plant climber for use in your garden.  Along the way we will explore different weaving techniques that you...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 07 July 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Touch to See | 09 July 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Summer Fair | 15 July 11:00

Come and share the beautiful surroundings of Shaw House and enjoy all the fun of the Summer Fair, with craft stalls, bouncy castle, children's rides and fun dog show. We will...

Workshop: Symmetrical Flower Arrangements | 18 July 13:00

Join us at this fun summer workshop and learn how to make a classic symmetrical triangle design - a front facing design which is often seen at receptions and functions....

Workshops: Hand Painting Delft Tiles | 20 July 10:00

Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the Netherlands, with many of the classic tile designs dating from...

Talk: The Archaeology of Lambourn and its Downs | 18 July 13:00

This talk by Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) member, Bob Brewer, will give an overview to the archaeology of the six millennia of settlement on Lambourn Downs (4000BC-400AD) and in...

Talk: The Berkshire Downs | 25 July 13:00

The contribution of voluntary archaeology to our understanding of the past. Janet Firth from the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) will talk about the 1964 excavation of the Neolithic Lambourn...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 25 July 10:00

Ruffing it with the Elizabethans 10am - 3.30pm Make a bejewelled Elizabethan ruff, a large collar worn around the neck by fashionable Tudors, out of card, gems and other craft...

Messy Museum Day | 27 July 10:00

Part of the Festival of Archaeology 2018 Iron Age coins – out of air-drying clay and gold paint make an Iron Age coin with a picture of a stylised horse...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 27 July 14:00

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and cress, a scone with clotted cream and...

Dig it! | 27 July 11:00

Drop-in and meet members of the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) and handle real Stone and Bronze Age artefacts.  Become a trainee archaeologist by digging in a ‘test pit’ and...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 01 August 10:00

Make a Tudor character mask on a wooden stick from a variety of craft materials. There will be a free Tudor-themed activity trail available too. Children under 16 must be...

Open Air Cinema – The Lost Boys | 02 August 19:00

Join us for the ultimate open air cinema experience with a choice of comfy deckchairs or beanbags to relax on and watch the film, plus fantastic food and drink options...

Messy Museum Day | 03 August 10:00

Roman bracelets Make a bejewelled roman bracelet in the shape a coiled serpent out of a craft roll, gold paint, gems and other craft materials. Then go and see the...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 03 August 14:00

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and cress, a scone with clotted cream and...

Open Air Cinema – The Greatest Showman | 03 August 19:00

Join us for the ultimate open air cinema experience with a choice of comfy deckchairs or beanbags to relax on and watch the film, plus fantastic food and drink options...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 04 August 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 08 August 10:00

Costumed courtiers 10am - 3.30pm Make a Tudor lady or gentleman fit for the Elizabethan court, from a craft roll, polystyrene ball, fabric, Deco pens and other craft materials.  ...

Messy Museum Day | 10 August 10:00

Roman lamps Make a Roman oil lamp out of air-drying clay. You can then go and find the real thing on display in the museum. £2 per child. For 4-11...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 10 August 14:00

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and cress, a scone with clotted cream and...

Peter Pan – Outdoor Theatre | 13 August 18:00

Immersion Theatre invite you to soar away to Neverland as they proudly bring their trademark energy to their most magical musical to date, PETER PAN. Get ready to think happy...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 15 August 10:00

Glorious gardens Make a collage of a Tudor garden on a panel or canvas using a variety of craft materials. There will be a free Tudor-themed activity trail available too....

Messy Museum Day | 17 August 10:00

Ceramic coasters With porcelain pens personalise your ceramic tile coaster, using as inspiration a Victorian sampler from our collection. Find out about 19th century in the permanent exhibition. £2 per...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 17 August 14:00

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and cress, a scone with clotted cream and...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 22 August 10:00

Terrific tygs 10am - 3.30pm  Make a Tudor tyg, a many handled sharing cup, from air-drying clay. Dress for mess! Disposable aprons will be made available for the messier activities....

Summer: Arts Award Explore | 26 July 10:00

Don’t be bored this summer – come to West Berkshire Museum’s art and craft holiday club on Thursday mornings (10.30am-11.45am) for five weeks and be an Arts Award Explorer; this...

Messy Museum Day | 24 August 10:00

Beautiful birds Decorate a wooden bird with Deco pens and patterned paper and then varnish (decoupage) as the Victorians would have done. Finally, attach a piece of ribbon for a...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 24 August 14:00

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and cress, a scone with clotted cream and...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 29 August 10:00

Make a stained glass window-effect Tudor Rose design using coloured cellophane and tissue paper. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. £2 per child. For 4-11 year olds...

Messy Museum Day | 31 August 10:00

Pattern printing Using the museum’s Arts & Crafts copper jug by Elizabeth Waterhouse as inspiration, make your own nature-inspired stamp to print on fabric. £2 per child. For 4-11 year...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 31 August 14:00

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and cress, a scone with clotted cream and...

Bats at the Museum | 31 August 19:30

A talk and walk by local bat expert James Shipman about the life of these amazing creatures. Did you know bats can live for up to 30 years? James explains...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 01 September 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Their Legacy, Our History | 08 September 10:00

A family friendly event that will immerse visitors in wartime home front activities, taking place in and around Market Place, Newbury. As well as interactive displays and exhibitions, talks and...

Touch to See | 10 September 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Heritage Open Day | 15 September 11:00

Explore a normally closed off part of the museum, the attic of the Cloth Hall.  Please be aware that only a small number of people will be allowed into the...

Heritage Open Days | 15 September 11:00

Join us in the Great Hall for introductory talks about the history of the House. At 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm and visitors will be able to self navigate their...

Talk: From Villa to Village | 19 September 19:00

The role of voluntary archaeology in uncovering Roman, Saxon and Medieval Berkshire Some Timed to accompany an exhibition on 60 years of work by the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group, this...

Workshops: Ceramic Candle Holder | 22 September 10:00

Starting with clay as the raw material, you will learn to make your own unique candle holder inspired by nature using a variety of techniques. This workshop is suitable for...

Workshops: Painting Birds | 26 September 10:00

Using specimens from the museum collection we will work with watercolour, pencil, pen and wash. There will be individual help and group discussion around examples of work by painters of...

Workshops: Common Words | 30 September 14:00

Celebrate the continuing history of Greenham Common by turning your memories and experiences of the site into a poem. West Berkshire poet Steve will guide participants through the creation of...

Blaze’s Buddies | 04 October 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 06 October 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Wedding Fair | 07 October 11:00

Try, buy, book and hire everything you need for your special day. With over 40 specialists from bridal boutiques and florists to jewellers and wedding venues, this is the ultimate...

Touch to See | 08 October 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Talk: A History of Greenham Common Airfield 1941-1992 | 17 October 19:00

Covering the life, operations and highlights of the history of the airfield. Starting with a look back at how the base started as one of a number of local airfields...

Choose Happiness – Meditation and Mindfulness Course | 18 October 19:15

Each and every one us has the capacity to tap into an endless supply of inner peace and happiness. Meditation and mindfulness presents the techniques for training the mind that...

Workshop: Autumn Flowers | 19 October 10:00

The vibrant colours of autumn are here. Create your own bespoke pumpkin arrangement or if you prefer a table or door wreath with autumn flowers using an oasis wreath frame....

Family Workshop: Halloween Wreath Making | 22 October 10:00

Come along to make a spooky wreath for your door or party. You will be provided with a metal wreath frame and there will be a selection of decorations from...

Family Storytelling | 24 October 10:30

Food for your ears! Family friendly interactive storytelling session themed around food, to tie-in with the Food Stories exhibition – more details to follow www.westberkshireheritage.org/whats-on Suitable for children 4-7 years;...

Family Activity Day | 24 October 10:00

Perfect pumpkins Using porcelain pens, decorate a ceramic pumpkin tealight holder, this will make a fantastic Halloween decoration for your home. New Halloween house trail also available. Children under 16...

Little Red Robin Hood – Indoor Puppet Theatre | 25 October 14:00

A long time ago in a deep dark wood, Lived a brave strong lad who loved Grandma's pud, And his name was Little Red Robin Hood! A merry mix up...

Arts & Culture Passport Day | 25 October 10:00

Achieve your Discover Arts Award in a day!  Start at the Corn Exchange with some fun introductory activities and then move to the museum to do a Halloween-themed craft activity,...

Linking the Landscape: Under the Microscope | 26 October 10:00

What can you see under the microscope?  Local Wildlife Trust experts will be on hand with microscopes, and an array of remarkable mini-beasts up-close.  Learn about this fascinating essential world...

Messy Museum Day | 26 October 10:00

Spooky skulls Make a skull out of modelling clay and then paint its features to make a spookily good Halloween decoration. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children...

Mrs. Farquhar’s Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm | 26 October 14:00

Afternoon tea includes a selection of Fair Trade tea, finger sandwiches with fillings of smoked salmon, grated cheese, Wiltshire gammon, egg mayonnaise and cress, a scone with clotted cream and...

Museums at Night – Dragon Hunt | 26 October 17:15

Family friendly event involving a FREE dragon hunt through a dark or dimly lit museum - please bring a torch.  Blaze, the museum dragon, has a number of dragon friends who have...

Halloween Party Night | 31 October 18:20

Join us for a night of spooky fun! With Halloween trails, apple bobbing and snapping in the grounds. Plus indoor crafts, ghostly story time and trick or treating throughout the...

Blaze’s Buddies | 01 November 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Workshops: Ceramic Christmas Trees | 03 November 10:00

Come along and learn how to create your own handmade set of three individual stylish Christmas trees, colour them to fit in with your home. Great to keep or give...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 03 November 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

The Men Who Marched Away | 04 November 19:00

Created to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Great War, acclaimed musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews use music and song to tell the story of ‘The War to End...

Workshops: Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations | 09 November 10:00

This popular workshop starts with a brief talk about the history of the Christmas tree and its decorations followed by hands- on painting of 4 ceramic Christmas decorations of your...

Workshops: Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations | 10 November 10:00

This popular workshop starts with a brief talk about the history of the Christmas tree and its decorations followed by hands- on painting of 4 ceramic Christmas decorations of your...

Touch to See | 12 November 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Workshop: Personalised Picture & Photograph Mounting | 12 November 12:00

Using your own pictures or special photographs, learn to cut and decorate window mounts to create a wonderful personal addition to your home or a thoughtful gift for a loved...

Talk: Memorials of the Great War in West Berkshire | 14 November 19:00

Local historian Phil Wood will take a look at the wide variety of memorials commemorating individuals lost in World War I as well as the fallen from towns, villages, churches...

Workshop: Silk Painted Christmas Cards | 19 November 10:30

Create your own silk painted Christmas cards using iron-fix silk paints.  You will be shown techniques including blending and tinting to build up your own unique cards using pre-outlined festive...

Talk: Thatcham and the Great War | 21 November 19:00

Local historian Dr Nick Young will look back at the soldiers from Thatcham that took part in the Great War as well as looking at what Thatcham itself was like...

Workshop: Willow for Christmas | 30 November 10:00

In this workshop we will be making a variety of decorative willow objects (stars, wreaths, reindeer and bells) to celebrate the festive season.  Along the way we will explore different...

Christmas Family Craft Workshop | 01 December 10:30

Paper sculpture Learn how to construct a paper sculpture based on cutting, curling and folding paper. Choose to make either a Father Christmas head with a lift-off hat or a...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 01 December 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Christmas Fair & Children’s Parties | 02 December 11:00

Christmas Fair   |  Sunday 2 December  |  11am – 4pm If you are looking for unique and creative Christmas gifts then the Christmas Fair is not to be missed! We have...

Workshop: Christmas Wreath Making | 04 December 10:00

Join us at this fun and create workshop and make your own festive door wreath. The wire frame, moss, seasonal foliage and selection of decorations from dried oranges, chillies and limes to...

Workshop: Christmas Wreath Making | 05 December 10:00

Join us at this fun and create workshop and make your own festive door wreath. The wire frame, moss, seasonal foliage and selection of decorations from dried oranges, chillies and limes to...

Workshops: Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations | 07 December 10:00

This popular workshop starts with a brief talk about the history of the Christmas tree and its decorations followed by hands- on painting of 4 ceramic Christmas decorations of your...

Workshops: Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations | 08 December 10:00

This popular workshop starts with a brief talk about the history of the Christmas tree and its decorations followed by hands- on painting of 4 ceramic Christmas decorations of your...

Touch to See | 10 December 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Workshop: Decopatch for Christmas | 10 December 10:30

Enjoy the art of decopatch in this festive workshop. Using specialist decopatch papers, create beautiful designs on baubles, boxes and more! You will even have to opportunity to personalize an...

Talk: Raleigh-ing to the Cause | 12 December 19:00

The Bicycle in Wartime This talk by Tony Hadland traces the use of the bicycle for military purposes, starting as early as 1817. The story takes us many places, including...

Sing for Fun Community Choir | 14 December 19:00

Come along for an uplifting evening of festive music. The programme will be packed full of popular seasonal songs that will bring back happy memories for people of all ages....

A Brief History of Christmas | 17 December 19:30

600 years of musical history in 90 minutes! Acclaimed musicians GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims’ Way) present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs...

Workshop: Christmas Table Flower Arrangements | 19 December 10:00

As Christmas draws near we begin to plan our festive table. You will create your own personalised Christmas table arrangement with three choices; the classic rectangular arrangement to suit a...

Old Christmas Return’d! | 20 December 19:30

Seasonal Tudor Music and Songs We welcome Piva back to Shaw House where they will be performing a wide range of authentic period instruments such as shawms, cornett and recorders,...

Talk: Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice | 16 January 19:00

Every November many homes in Europe and North America still waft with the smell of freshly baked gingerbread, cinnamon infused mulled wine and richly spiced fruitcake, puddings and pumpkin pie....

Concert: Cloaked in Secrecy | 10 February 14:00

Subterfuge, scandals, and seafaring shenanigans Award winning early music ensemble Charivari Agréable return to Shaw House with their new programme of words and music to commemorate the 400th anniversary of...

Talk: In Praise of Apples | 13 February 19:00

The talk by Charlotte Popescu, author of The Apple Cookbook, will include the social history and history of apples with lots of information on apple varieties and the best tasting...

Family Activity Day | 20 February 10:00

Beautiful birds Using porcelain pens, decorate a ceramic bird. A new house trail will also be available. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need...

Messy Museum Day | 22 February 10:00

Fabulous fossils  Make your own fossil from a replica mini-beast using clay, Plaster of Paris and foil. While waiting for the fossil to set, why not visit the museum galleries...

Evening Class: 2,000 Years Around Newbury | 15 January 12:00

An introduction to the history of the Newbury area over 2,000 years, covering a different period each week which will include major events, people and architecture from the Romans to...

Talk: A Peek into the Lives of Berkshire Women during the 19th Century | 20 March 19:00

Compared to other counties in 19th century England, why is there little or no information written about the women of Berkshire? Who were they, what did they do and where...

Talk: Jack of Newbury | 24 April 19:00

Jack of Newbury (John Winchcombe) was producing cloth on an industrial scale in Newbury during Henry VIII’s reign, for export across Europe. This left him wealthy and allowed him to...